Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 March 2019

Assam NRC: SC tells Election Commission to address discrepancies in voters’ list by March 28

The Supreme Court on March 12, 2019 asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to form a plan of action to address the discrepancies in voters’ list by March 28, 2019 in case a person’s name is there in the voters’ list of Assam but missing from the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The ruling came on a petition alleging that several categories of persons in Assam are deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha Election 2019. The petition was filed by two Assam-based residents – Gopal Seth and Susanta Sen.

India is world’s second largest arms importer; Saudi Arabia tops the list: SIPRI Report

India is the second largest importer of weapons in the world, as per the annual report ‘Trends in International Arms Transfers-2018’released on March 11, 2019 by the think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

After maintaining its position of world’s largest arms importer for about 8 years, India dropped down to be the second largest importer of weapons during 2014-18. Saudi Arabia is now the world’s largest weapons importer.

General Elections 2019: Latest Updates!

The Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule was announced by the Election Commission on March 10, 2019.  The elections will be held in seven phases across the country starting from April 11 and the final result will be out of May 23.

As of 2019, 900 million people are registered as voters and there will be approximately 10 lakh polling stations in this Lok Sabha Elections as compared to 9 lakh polling stations in 2014. The electronic voting machines this time will also have photographs of candidates next to the symbol of the party.

Evolution of WWW: Google Doodle celebrates 30 years of World Wide Web

Google Doodle on March 12, 2019 celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web (WWW), an invention of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The doodle showed the Earth revolving inside a computer connected to a switch on its letters.

The doodle is in the form of animation showing block graphics that were common earlier, depicting how things were like earlier. A globe in the center rotates slowly on the desktop monitor, hinting at the early days of slower speed.

EU announces changes to Brexit deal ahead of crucial vote

The United Kingdom and the European Union on March 11, 2019 agreed to some key changes to the Brexit deal, removing one of the biggest roadblocks. The move comes merely a few hours before the UK Parliament sits to decide yet again whether or not to accept May’s hard-fought withdrawal agreement, which they had flatly rejected in January 2019.

To ensure a breakthrough this time around, May had flown to Strasbourg, France on the eve of the crucial vote, to seek revisions, guarantees and other changes from European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker that would persuade reluctant British legislators to back the deal.

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